AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – September 30 – U.S. lawmakers scolded the head of the U.S. Secret Service on Tuesday over a security breach that allowed a knife-wielding intruder to run deep into the White House, and Director Julia Pierson promised them it would never happen again Reuters reported.
U.S. President Barack Obama (R) stands with U.S. Secret Service agent Julia Pierson (L) after she is sworn in as the first woman Director of the Secret Service by Vice President Joe Biden (C) in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, March 27, 2013.
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“This is unacceptable and I take full responsibility,” she told a U.S. House of Representatives committee investigating the incident, promising a complete review of agency procedures.
“We are all outraged within the Secret Service at how this incident came to pass. It is self evident mistakes were made,” Pierson said.
Pierson said that the front door of the White House now has an automated lock when there is a security breach. It did not have one at the time of the intrusion.